Tuesday Top Ten – March 11th, 2014

Next week, Tuesday Top Ten will be taking a short break due to some other pressing matters. That means you’ll have to enjoy this week’s links TWICE as MUCH, so I conveniently doubled up on a couple! Don’t forget to leave your comments on these articles at the bottom of the post. Have suggestions for Tuesday Top Ten? Let me know.

Tuesday Top Ten

10. This was sad to read, but not entirely surprising. The number of NIH-funded scientists dropped this year, says Science Insider.

9. Science Shot covered an interesting study that found not all people experience pleasure from listening to music. The research group even made a quiz that you can take to see if you’re a music appreciator (I am, but that was the result I expected).

8. A man with ambitions to be a professional drummer lost his arm, so a researcher kindly made him a new one. This is no ordinary prosthetic – it’s got super drumming powers! Via New Scientist.

7. Nature Jobs Blog had some great tips on how to make your resume and CV stand out.

6. The Science Writers’ Handbook wrote a summary on an incredibly fascinating story – the ghost writer behind the unauthorized autobiography of WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange. The full article reads more like a novel, but a gripping one at that. A candid account of how the autobiography became “unauthorized.”

5. “A blood test for Alzheimer’s disease?” The Science NOW headline says it all.

4. I’ve been saying this for years, and now Nature Jobs Blog is agreeing with me: Scientist should be more active on social media.

3. A follow up to the link last week about high-protein diets: The Wall Street Journal digs deeper into the problems associated with high-protein diets.

2. Can you train your brain to like healthy food? Scientists have shown they can train you to prefer certain junk foods over others, so healthy foods are just one more step away! Via Science NOW.

1. With impending drug trials for Down syndrome and Fragile X, doctors are looking into how the intellectually disabled can understand the risks and benefits of enrolling in clinical trials. Via The Wall Street Journal


Tuesday Top Ten – February 24th, 2014

This week, I found some great links! As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these articles, so be sure to leave your comments below. Have suggestions for Tuesday Top Ten? Let me know.

Tuesday Top Ten

10. As you may know from my “editing services” page, I am a contract editor with Edanz Group China. The COO of Edanz, Benjamin Shaw, was interviewed  by Against the Grain about Edanz and the role of editing services in peer-reviewed publishing – a must read for any academic scientist!

9. Making use of old railway tracks in Cambodia using bamboo trains = ingenious. Via The Wall Street Journal.

8. Should bloggers be offered the same legal rights as journalists? In the age of online news, who should be considered “media?” The Columbia Journalism Review discusses this important issue.

7. An illustrated explanation of the recent deal between Netflix and Comcast, and what it means for us, the consumers of their products. Via The Washington Post.

6. A secret operation to smuggle Mali’s treasured historical artifacts to safety, as reported by Smithsonian.com.

5. “Why Nutrition is So Confusing,” by The New York Times. A look at the science of nutrition, and what it all means for us, the consumers of fad diets and trendy superfoods.

4. Attention, men and women of the armed forces! Scientists are getting closer to developing PIZZA for MREs! Hooray! The Washington Post investigates.

3. Olympic athletes are scooping up the stray dogs in Sochi, bringing them home as newly-adopted pets. While this is great, remember that there’s a lot of amazing pets to adopt right here in the U.S., too (I have two – they’re great office-mates while I’ve been working at home). Via The Wall Street Journal.

2. Another example of a female scientist who may have deserved more credit for a discovery made by her male counterparts, this time: Down syndrome (via Science NOW).

1. Custom medical jewelry? Pretty cool! A former teacher of mine wore this kind of bling to help with her arthritis, but it seems as though patients can use them to manage a variety of conditions. Via Boing Boing.